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Anair Jr. earns person of the year honors


‘Receiving this award is a huge honor for me’



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Wilfred “Bill” Anair Jr. was named the Wales Person of the Year on Tuesday night, Sept. 13. From left, Board of Selectmen Chairman Jeffrey Vannais, Bill Anair Jr., Michael Valanzola, and Michael Milanese pose after Anair received the David Worth Citizenship Award. (click for larger version)
September 15, 2011
WALES — Whether it be spending four years on the Board of Selectmen, serving as the town’s dam inspector for two decades, sitting on the Lake George Study Committee, or working for 30 years to make sure school buses were safe for area kids – there are quite a few reasons why Wilfred “Bill” Anair Jr. was named the Wales Person of the Year at Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting.

“Bill is a stand up guy, always putting the town before himself,” said Selectman Michael Valanzola. “Bill never asks what is in it for him, but rather what can he do to help. He is a class act and I can think of no one more deserving.”

Anair accepted the David Worth Citizenship Award on Tuesday, which the town has bestowed upon its most community-minded citizens for the last five years. He also received congratulatory letters signed by U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, State Sen. Stephen Brewer, and State Rep. Todd Smola.

“Receiving this award is a huge honor for me,” Anair said. “I have lived in Wales for many years, and I’m always looking for ways to help out. This is a small town with a lot of good people who work hard, and I am honored to be recognized in this way.”

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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